Take our user survey and make your voice heard.
lifestyle

Job cuts swell ranks of homeless in Japan

23 Comments

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

23 Comments
Login to comment

this practice has always concerned me; whilst you work for the company they have you by the balls as they are also your landlord and if you lose your job you're homeless. also, the availability of company housing slows the establishment of fair and flexible tenancy in japan; practices like reikin belong in the dark ages

0 ( +0 / -0 )

“We have provided support for those who have lost both jobs and homes, and we’ll continue to take appropriate steps,” he told a parliamentary session Monday.

Really? Appropriate steps? That's why the ranks of homeless are still swelling right? Crime rate up? Pensions on the line?

The result of this is visible in the streets now. As the world is collapsing around them, they have the audacity to close his eyes, stick his fingers in his ears, and say this.

It's as if he's politely saying "We've done a little bit, but we're not going to break our backs with this issue if that's what you're expecting!"

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Eight stimulus packages hasn't fixed Japan's economy, in fact the higher taxes resulting from borrowing against the future is only making things worse.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The temp worker structure is feudal at best. These workers are essentially unlanded peasants who depend entirely upon the company or temp agency. If they fail to accept low paying wages, poor conditions etc... they end up on the street. This is feudal era thinking and it should be stopped.

I agree, if a company does not fulfill a socially responsible role, it is useless. We should license corporations now on the condition that they maintain social responsibility.

At one point in history the laws in the US had the wisdom to limit the creation of corporations to defined periods and for defined purposes. Somewhere along the line we allowed them to become contolling factors over our social, political and economic reality. This was ok for Japan as long as the companies also agreed to a social contract of full employment and lifetime protection. But it was not the case elsewhere where companies used people, politics and communities to enrich themselves while showing very little care for society at large.

Now that they have fallen off their pillars it is time for us to rethink the role of business in society. And if a company cannot contribute to the well being of society (read as caring for and being responsible for workers and community) then they should be subjected to loss of the ability to do business in the country.

But for this to work it must be global. Force the profiteers to give something back. Force them to pay rational wages to everyone instead of irrational wages to the few. And make them socially responible or extinct.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

"we’ll continue to take appropriate steps" Gaijinocchio - Hidding the facts and ignoring the problem off course.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Eight stimulus packages hasn't fixed Japan's economy

Nope, but they might have kept it from collapsing!!!

About the article, if the original problem was that the Japanese labor market was too inflexible compared to other countries, then they should have changed the labor laws. Guess that would have been too "difficult", so they set up this ridiculous system instead to get around their own laws. Now Japan is paying for that kind of stupidity.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

As days go by, I feel the change in attitude. I travel a lot on trains and get jostled occasionally. As always they think I am American, but I am not. This country is in trouble, big time and could slip into anarchy quite soon.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Behooves government to pay owners of unused property to unlock and rent to down-&-out at subsidised affordable rates.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I have not seen an increase in blue tarps down by the rivers, but maybe they are shacking up together. Or prices of blue tarps are over priced. Gouge,

Gave a ¥1000 to four homeless in Machida three nights or so back. You can do the same.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This happened to me. The dirt bags at Berkeley House Language School entered my apartment while I was gone and stole all my belongings and hid them. I called the cops who wanted to see a copy of the apartment contract...there was none ! Japan is an ass-backwards country in many respects. They bragged for years about how unique their business culture was, with lifetime employment and all. Funy thing is, the first time their lifetime employment system was really challenged, well it fell apart at the seams ! Another unique Japanese tradition proven to be nothing but smoke and mirrors.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

This is a good example of why peoples over dependency in Government is bad. In this case, the company is much like a government. It subsidizes living and the employee becomes overly dependent on the company. Now that the company is failing, the employee also fails. Note: The employee has been hard working, at times working overtime for free and accepting lower wages than their counterparts overseas.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Boo hoo. Get a job, son!

Poverty is caused by laziness and immorality.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It's just a matter of WHEN the riots start. So many people are not part of society any longer and so they won't obey it's rules. I forecast law and order will start to break down at the end of March when so many contracts will end and not be renewed.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Poverty is caused by laziness and immorality.

Considering that these job losses are at companies that make things to export to the USA, I guess that means you are talking about American laziness and immorality. If so, you are right.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

But within two weeks he was nearly broke and out on the street.

In a nation with one of the highest savings rates in the world, Sadanori Suzuki managed to exhaust his in just two weeks. I guess he never heard of saving for a rainy day ...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The good news is you can set up a tent or cardboard practically anywhere. The bad news is the best spots are gone. More homeless here too. I think more people should hi to these guys every now and then. Every time the police are around they always seem to know what the story is.

In Sadanori Suzuki's case I suspect he'd have gone from capsule hotel, usually pretty nice, expensive, -to- the internet cafe. Has he considered becoming a forester? They're hiring.

@ tkoind2: I agree.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

"Boo hoo. Get a job, son!"

Easy to say for someone who still has his job.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

shiuu - For cryin' out loud, Suzuki is just 26 years old. Do you expect him to have saved enough to live on for several years? Sheesh...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

shiuu - For cryin' out loud, Suzuki is just 26 years old. Do you expect him to have saved enough to live on for several years?

I expect most sensible people to have three to six months reserve. When I was 26, I did.

Then again, I didn't sleep through school so it's probably not a fair comparison.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Japanese corporations have a long history of slave trading all across Asia. It appears not much has changed.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

And Japan is heaving one big "shoganai" in response.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

TokyoHustla, poverty is caused by many things sometimes it is laziness and sometimes it is other things. What do you tell a 50-60 y.o. man who has spent his life in a company working HARD from early morning till late at night and then he is laid off? Do you tell him he is lazy? What do you tell him when he tries to get another job but employers say he is "too old"? Do you tell him he is just lazy? I`m guessing you are young. Not everyone facing economic hardships is there because they are lazy.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I don't expect people who are making a minimal wage as a temp to be able to save much money. It just doesn't work that way. Given the cuts in production just announced it is correct that this is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Low rents won't help if you have no job and no prospects. The government is going to have to provide free housing to the homeless until the economic fiasco runs it's course. Or at least hand out free poly tarps.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites